It is good to remind our souls of our salvation. No matter our story, whether we were saved as young children or while steeped in sin, God redeemed our lives from the pit. We were helpless and dead in our sins whether we realized it or not. We were hell-bound without the Lord’s intervention. The radical transformation in our hearts means we have been transformed by amazing mercy and grace.
Recently after returning from a trip, I couldn’t find my car. It was lost. I was left feeling like the car had disappeared into thin air. It was late, I was tired from my trip, and I couldn’t quite remember where I had parked my car at the airport. Usually I park in the same section whenever I park my car at the airport, but this time I chose a different area to leave my car. It didn’t pay off too well. I forgot where I had parked.
Like any modern-day person, I began hitting the buttons on my key hoping that I would trigger sounds or hoping that my car lights would illuminate. After five minutes of anxiously searching in the dark, I finally found my car. And as it goes so often when we lose things, what I lost was practically right in front of my face. If I had opened my eyes and perhaps slowed down or taken a deep breath, I would have seen it and saved myself the worried searching.
In some ways, I can see a similar tendency in my heart when I’m discouraged. In those moments, there’s something I’ve forgotten. I go searching, but sometimes I search in the wrong location. Or in my resulting anxiety and busyness, I can try to find solutions outside of those that actually provide true rest and satisfaction. What I need to do instead is remember the Lord—to pause, take a deep breath, and remember.